The original portion of the lunch counter and stools where the four students sat on Feb. 1, 1960, has never been moved from its original footprint.


December, 2013

David Richmond Franklin McCain Ezell Blair, Jr.
(Jibreel Khazan)
Joseph McNeil             
The A&T Four, photographed by Jack Moebes on February 1, 1960, as they left the F.W. Woolworth store in downtown Greensboro. When, they sat down and requested to be served at the store's segregated white's only lunch counter, a sit-in movement swept across the country like wildfire. Their courageous action helped to reignite the civil rights movement and bring an end to "Jim Crow" traditions. Moebes was staff photographer for the Greensboro Daily News and the Greensboro Record.

Museum admission fees - Adults $10.00; Seniors & Students (13 years and up) $8.00; Youth (6-12 years) $6.00; Children under 6 years free—includes access to all exhibitions and programs. Fees for access to programs only are: Adults, Senior Citizens and Students, $6.00; and Youth, $4.00.

Exhibition Tours

Experience the permanent exhibition with guided tours offered each day.
Explore the history of the American civil rights movement with a guided tour of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum’s permanent exhibition, The Battlegrounds. This engaging encounter, introduced with a captivating audio/video narrative, includes a journey through time via pictorials, artifacts, video reenactments, and interactive components.  

See these exhibitions on your own (before or after your guided tour).
View And Still I Rise!, a tribute to an outstanding array of celebrated artists and gifted athletes who broke racially restrictive barriers with relentless determination.

Witness A Celebration of Progress, a mural depicting the evolution of Greensboro from the days of segregation to a period of time when a sense of access, symbolized by drinking fountains, is no longer based on race. The mural, painted by participating youth in the Murals, Minds, & Communities of the African American Atelier, was conceived and directed by Darlene J. Glenn-McClinton. (Located on the administrative level) 

Relive Dr. King and the March on Washington. We walk side by side with the 250,000 who assembled in the nation’s capital on August 28, 1963, as they rallied for needed social changes: the right to vote, equality of opportunity in employment, desegregated schools, fair housing, and access to public accommodations without regard to race. “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”—at that time the largest demonstration ever on the mall—attracted black and white, young and old, and those from varied religious backgrounds. It was here that Dr. King proclaimed “I have a dream” for a transformed America. The exhibition was organized by the staff of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. (Located in the Changing Gallery on the lower level)

Saturday Children’s Story Hour

Saturdays, December 7, 21, 28 at 11:00 a.m., December 14 at 10:00 a.m.
Join dynamic leaders in our community as they conduct a story hour at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. After the stories, children will complete their very own make-and-take arts activity. All books are written for children, and are geared toward ages 5-12. At least once a month, one of the books will focus on healthy food choices and fitness activities. In this way, ICRCM, along with 500 other cultural organizations, participates in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move: Museums & Gardens, an initiative aimed at reducing childhood obesity. The Saturday Children’s Story Hour is generously supported by a grant from the Gannett Foundation.

First Friday

Friday, December 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Start your holiday season with the International Civil Rights Center & Museum! Our evening—themed Winter Festivities—brings together talented artists from the Piedmont Triad who highlight seasonal celebrations through song, instrumental performance, and dance. Featured entertainers include the:

Free and open to the public! Light refreshments will be served!

Guantánamo Public Memory Project
Traveling Exhibit

December 12, 2013 - January 31, 2014
What comes to mind when you hear “Guantánamo”? A prison? A military base? What about a place of refuge? Or your home? In the post-9/11 era, it’s hard to think of the American naval base at Guantánamo Bay (GTMO) as anything but a detention facility. However, Public History Master’s Students at UNC Greensboro have uncovered a rich set of stories about the base that they are featuring in a new exhibition, The Guantánamo Public Memory Project, which opens December 12, 2013.

Exhibit visitors will encounter rich personal stories, learn how the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay has impacted individual lives, and explore how American foreign policy has shaped the base for more than a century. Visitors will also get to add their own voices to the GTMO debate by submitting their opinions via text messaging.

Exhibit Opening - December 12, 2013, 6:00 p.m. (free)

(Admission to the exhibit is free during public programs. On other days, admission is included with a regular ticket purchase to the museum: $10 adults and $8 students with i.d.)

"Voices from Guantánamo"
Cultural Events Series (admission free)

Ujima: A Kwanzaa Celebration

Saturday, December 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
ICRCM and the Greensboro Kwanzaa Collective present Ujima: A Kwanzaa Celebration. Kwanzaa time is here! Join us as we observe the principal of ujima, collective work and responsibility. During this exciting evening of cultural engagement we pour the customary libations, conduct a candle lighting ceremony, enjoy the music and choreography of a dance troupe, learn about opportunities for community building and sharing, shop at the African Marketplace, and take part in a delicious food tasting. Activities for children include a film, storytelling, and make-and take arts and crafts. Dr. Ruthenia Marley speaks on the principle of ujima and its significance in our lives today.

Free and open to the public!


Past Events

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